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Six people injured in New Zealand in ISIS-inspired attack

Top of The World: An ISIS-inspired extremist has stabbed and injured six people in Auckland, New Zealand, three of them critically. And, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has announced that he will not run for re-election as party leader. Also, the UK has announced new sanctions against Myanmar, targeting the Htoo Group of Companies.

Coronavirus Conversations

Discussion: Kids return to school amid the surging delta variant


Children around the world are returning to class with schools opening up after a year of closure during the COVID-19 pandemic. But with the rapid spread of the more contagious delta variant and the coronavirus vaccines not available for much of the global school-aged population, children’s health risks have become even more pressing. The World's Elana Gordon moderated a discussion about the delta variant’s impact on children with Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch.

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Rockets targeting Kabul airport intercepted

Top of The World: US anti-missile defenses intercepted rockets fired at Kabul’s airport on Monday. And, category 4 Hurricane Ida plowed into Louisiana on Sunday, knocking out power and leading to at least one death. Also, the European Union is set to recommend new restrictions on nonessential travel from the US.

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Afghan soldier dies in firefight at Kabul airport

Top of The World: A firefight at Afghanistan’s Kabul airport during the chaotic evacuation effort underway led to the death of at least one Afghan soldier on Monday. And, health authorities in Taiwan have given an emergency approval for the island's domestically developed COVID-19 shot. Also, Lebanon raised the price of fuel by 66% as government leaders attempt to reduce fuel subsidies in the country grappling with multiple crises.